Peruvian leftist politician Javier Diez Canseco dies

Lima, May 5 (EFE).- Peruvian leftist politician Javier Diez Canseco, a lawmaker and founder of the Peruvian Socialist Party, or PSP, has died of cancer, from which he had been suffering for several months, Congresswoman Rosa Mavila said. He was 65.

Diez Canseco, who entered Congress in 1978, died on Saturday night.

The veteran politician founded the PSP in 2005, when he was planning to run for the country's presidency in the 2006 elections, although he did not even receive 1 percent of the vote in that balloting.

As a congressman, he made a name for himself for his investigation of alleged corruption cases. He presided, between 1990 and 2001, over the Economic and Financial Crimes Committee in the national legislature.

Diez Canseco was suspended from his congressional duties for 90 days last November because of an alleged violation of the Parliamentary Ethics Code, specifically for having presented a bill that could have benefited his wife and daughter.

Because of that punishment, his relatives said on Sunday that his casket would not be taken to Congress and said that his wake would be held at the Casona de San Marco, while a memorial service has been scheduled to be held on Bolivar Plaza next Tuesday.